Another Slavin set to enter Colorado College fold

slavin lincolnLincoln Stars forward Josiah Slavin has committed to Colorado College, where his older brother and NHL defenseman Jaccob Slavin (Carolina Hurricanes) played for two seasons, the U.S. Hockey League franchise announced on Thursday.

He is scheduled to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program starting with the 2019-20 season.

“The coaching staff there is awesome,” Slavin said in a media release. “When I went to visit there this summer, it just felt right. It wasn’t the time to commit then, but we stayed in touch. Now, it felt like the perfect time to do it. It’s a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders. I’m just excited to start the next part of my life.”

The Erie, Colo. native, 19, has played 53 games with the Stars in his second USHL season, tallying 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points with 23 penalty minutes and a +26 rating.

The 6-foot-2, 182-pounder recorded his first career hat-trick on Dec. 16, 2017 against Des Moines. Through 102 games, he has 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points with four game-winning goals and three shorthanded goals.

The NCHC is regarded as one of the best conferences in college hockey, and the competition every night provides a unique challenge, according to Slavin.

“Family played a huge part [in my decision],” he said. “I always loved Colorado growing up in the state. I’m a homebody, so when I’m out of Colorado I miss it. I just love it there.”

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CC commit among Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey finalists

LaboskyHere are the 10 finalists as provided by Mr. Hockey via Twitter. I included the schools they have committed too via Minnesota Hockey Hub’s listings:

Grant Besse (Wisconsin), Jake Bischoff (Minnesota), Zack Glienke, Jake Jackson (Michigan Tech), Adam Johnson (Duluth), Dan Labosky (CC, 2013 or 2014), Zach Lavalle, Parker Reno (RPI), TJ Roo, and  Tommy Vannelli (Minnesota).

The 2013 Frank Brimsek Finalists for best senior goaltender: John Dugas (Hill-Murray) and David Zevnik (St Thomas Academy).

Thursday reading: UND, MSU, World Arena

Grimaldi wjcHere is an update on all things North Dakota including video from the weekly press conference. Minnesota did not make its player available to “outside media” this week. Here is the Grand Forks Herald’s weekly video preview.

The weekend is previewed a bit by USCHO.

A Sioux Falls player committed to Minnesota State, he announced via Twitter.

World Arena was rated No. 64 by Stadium Journeys magazine, third in college hockey behind No. 3 Notre Dame’s rink and the 61st-rated Kohl Center in Madison.

While WA is a fine facility, not reviewing Ralph Englestad Arena casts some serious doubt on this list’s worth. The website has a pull-down option for NCAA hockey listing the facilities reviewed. Since this is a website that uses fan for their reviewers, may I suggest more step up?

 

Rothstein earns USHL weekly award

rothsteinThe United States Hockey League announced Monday that St. Cloud State signee Charlie Lindgren was named Reebok Goaltender of the Week while 2013 Colorado College commit Sam Rothstein, pictured, is the CCM Co-Forward of the Week. T

This is the third time this season Lindgren has won the award and second time for Rothstein. Both players have been instrumental in leading the Sioux Falls Stampede on their current nine-game winning streak.

Rothstein recorded five points (2g, 3a) and was a +5 in the three wins over the weekend. On Wednesday, Rothstein recorded a power-play goal and an assist in the win over Waterloo. On Friday, he set up two goals in the Stampede’s win in Des Moines and on Saturday, he posted a goal in a win at Sioux City. He has points in nine straight games, which is tied for the third longest streak in the league this season.

The Minnetonka, Minn. native leads the team in scoring with 32 points (12g, 20a) in 28 games and is third on the club in +/- with a +15 rating.  He has 9 power-play assists on the year and just 8 penalty minutes.

Thursday reading: Crabb, Hansen, Schwartz, Rapuzzi, WMU, UNO

cc__w_rapuzzi-0318Here is a feature on the four Alaskan NHL players on the ECHL Alaska Aces team this season, including former Tiger Joey Crabb.

Future Tiger Matt Hansen has 15 points (nine assists) in 16 games for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL. He opened the season with the USHL Omaha Lancers (one assist, four games).

Nine schools are represented among the top 11 scorers in Division I, with Colorado College (Rylan Schwartz and William Rapuzzi) and St. Lawrence (Kyle Flanagan and Greg Carey) the only teams with two. Nine of the 11 players are juniors or seniors, with sophomores Johnny Gaudreau (BC) and Austin Czarnik (Miami) the only exceptions.

Western Michigan freshman defenseman Kenney Morrison, a player Tiger fans will get to know better next season, is featured.

Nebraska Omaha announced its five signed letters of intent, including Jake Guentzel, who is a nice kid. I got to talk to him a bit during a visit last season.

Tuesday reading: Lagrone, NCHC, WMU, WCHA web media poll

Here is some news on a CC commit from the NAHL …

West Division Star of the Week: Duggie Lagrone, defenseman, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs completed a perfect sweep in the state of Texas this past weekend with a two-game sweep of the Wichita Falls Wildcats, which followed up their sweep last week of Corpus Christi.  This past week, Dallas, Texas native and Fairbanks defenseman Duggie Lagrone, 18, felt right at home as he picked up four points and was +2 in a weekend sweep in Wichita Falls.  On Friday night, Lagrone (5’8/170) assisted on the Ice Dogs first goal in a 2-1 win.  On Saturday, Lagrone had a goal and assisted on two others (including the game-winner) in a 5-3 win over Wichita Falls.  In 16 games this season, Lagrone has 11 points.  “I think there was a little added motivation for Duggie because he was back in his home state of Texas and had a lot of family in attendance at the games,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.  “You could tell he was playing with some extra emotion.  He can skate really well and does a very good job at beating the forecheck and getting the puck out of the zone and up the ice.”

Here is the weekend review for the future NCHC.

Here is a preview of Northern Michigan at No. 10 Western Michigan.

This week’s WCHA web media poll was announced Monday evening.

Team Pts Previous Record High Low
1) Denver (10) 138 1 9-3-0 1 4
2) Minnesota (2) 128 2 9-2-2 1 5
3) North Dakota 120 2 6-4-2 2 6
4) St. Cloud State 107 4 7-5-0 3 6
5) Nebraska Omaha 100 5 8-3-1 3 6
6) Colorado College 90 6 7-6-1 3 7
7) Michigan Tech 67 7 4-6-0 6 10
8) Minnesota State 53 11 5-5-2 7 10
9) Bemidji State 51 10 3-5-2 7 10
10) Minnesota Duluth 45 9 3-7-2 7 11
11) Wisconsin 23 8 1-7-2 10 12
12) Alaska Anchorage 14 12 2-4-4 11 12

Thursday reading: WCHA column, Winkler, Heil, Rothstein, Enga, Slavvin

I started new irregular features in the weekly WCHA column on USCHO, one focusing on an “unsung hero” for Bemidji State who has a young daughter and wife and still manages to find time to be a league academic honoree and log a lot of quality ice time for the Beavers. The Series Spotlight segment, naturally, deals with CC and Denver this weekend starting the annual battle for the Gold Pan Trophy, pictured.

CC senior Scott Winkler has the best numbers of any NCAA prospect for the Stars, especially in plus/minus.

Chicago Steel forward and CC commit Christian Heil scored two goals in 34 seconds during the third period of Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Indiana.  It gives the 18-year-old five goals over his last four games and pushed him into a tie for third in the USHL with 10 goals this season.

Future Tiger Sam Rothstein scored two goals for the Sioux Falls Stampede Saturday in the team’s USHL-leading eighth home win.

Former Tiger RJ Enga and CC commit Jaccob Slavin played key roles in Team USA’s World Junior A challenge championship. Enga served at an assistant coach while Slavin was an assistant captain.

Former Penn State club coach Joe Battista penned this column praising Air Force coach Frank Serratore and hockey people in general.